Posts tagged “Landscape

Out of Camera Shots (Three Photographs)

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I always find it amazing when I am told a photograph is out of camera, meaning unedited. I would have to say I have rarely had the experience of perfection out of camera, but it does happen. The first flower was cropped that was all. The thistle had a bit of exposure work done on it and was cropped to eight by ten. The purple flowers were cropped and had an exposure adjustment of plus half a stop. None of them had noise reduction, sharpening or anything else done to them. Flash was used with the thistle and the purple flowers. Shot with a Nikon D7200, 105mm d lens and a 24mm extension tube.


I Should Get a T-Shirt… (Two Photographs)

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I should get a t-shirt that says I went on a long drive down dirt roads and all I got were these two photographs. One of these days I will do some photography on a farm but until then the dirt roads are great for old barns, landscapes, the occasional bird and insect. I would like to do more but the results have most recently been hit and miss. They say photography has a long learning curve that never ends. I can see that in my own work. What they don’t say quite as often as they should is that along the way are disappointments and frustrations. So a couple of good shots make my day. 


Finding Expression (Three Photographs)

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Artists’ statements are not my thing. Why this not that, why now not then, why there not here. I always figure if you have to explain art it’s too complicated and the connection with the audience is lost. These photos make my case. I went out thinking I might do one thing and found myself in a park with a narrow view of the river. I saw something in the view through the willows that reminded me of old paintings. Sufficient reason in my mind to take a few shots, but as explanations go it would not fill a paragraph in a formal artistic statement. More important than any written statement in my view is the impact on those who look at my work as well as my own pleasure in the craft.


Parliament Hill (Two Photographs)

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This is probably the most photographed place in Ottawa, so I thought I would have some fun adding a bit of a foreboding mood to the shots. It is not my intention to be cynical simply creative. I am sure the denizens of the Hill can take a little foreboding. What with all that’s going on they may even be past that.


A Certain part of Town (Three Photographs)

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I’ve been wandering the streets when I can to capture the things that catch my eye. I was on my way to lunch when I took these in a well off, if not the toniest part of town (the latter make it difficult by having no sidewalks or parking, but I’ll get there). It’s a part of town that has “new” in it preceding a British name, and the area photographed here reminded me of New England, a sort of reiteration of an iteration. Nice homes, friendly people who stopped to talk, overall a worthwhile experience for my camera and I.


Nobody Buys Black and White Postcards… (Two Photographs)

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In antique shops they sell old black and white postcards, sometimes used. But on the postcard racks in tourist shops I have not seen black and white postcards for some time. I have seen some greeting cards and some clearly colorized black and white postcards, but no scenic black and whites. One can guess they began disappearing when color was cost effective. In my view many of the more scenic postcards would look better in black and white.


That Walk (Three Photographs)

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My wife and I took a long walk along the river looking for birds, without any luck. I thought I would do some landscapes and decided to bracket them for possible HDR treatment. I selected this tree and for one reason or another HDR, combining the five shots, did not work. The first photograph is the middle shot of the bracket, with no exposure compensation and very little editing. The second photo is the same shot but this time the white balance has been corrected. The third photo, the B&W is based on the white balance adjusted photo. I would have led with the second or third, but I wanted to show the impact of white balance on this kind of photo. The effect is most pronounced on the path and hedge close to the path.